All around rifle for 1rst trip to South Africa..
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10-17-2012, 07:57 AM #21
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Well you won't be undergunned with a 7mm Rem Mag. It's my favorite gun caliber...not too light and not too strong, with good bullets, it's all the gun anyone needs.
10-17-2012, 11:50 AM #22
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what about taking your longbow instead of a rifle? I would get myself a .375H&H if I were you. The .375H&H has proven itself in Africa.Niel Uys
PO Box 978, Pongola, 3170, South Africa
11-25-2012, 06:49 PM #23
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The world is full of good plains game rifles. I think it is more important to use good preimum bullets. On my safari I never shot anything smaller than springbuck. I used 180 grain nosler partitions in a 300 RCM and they did'nt tear the springbuck up to much. I was wondering if the barnes tsx bullets would be better for steenbuck? Anyone use them on the little stuff?
11-25-2012, 06:57 PM #24
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11-25-2012, 10:01 PM #25
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11-26-2012, 09:20 AM #27
for certain circumstances maybe, but that philosophy makes it a bit pointless having rifles for african/overseas hunting. if you have all your paperwork/visitors permits in place then there isnt usually any problems. part of the overall fun/enjoyment i think for myself and most people is using a rifle that is a favourite or a new one bought and learned about for the hunt. unless i couldnt due to powers that be/circumstances beyond my control i would always take and use my own rifles. to me it would be like i was missing something and it would reduce my over all enjoyment , it would be like arriving at an airport and renting a hire car..... it does the job but.................longbow as for the rifle just go and get a 30-06 or 7mm rem mag they will work perfectly , and i wish people would stop worrying so much about what cal rifle to take on their first plains game hunt, as has been said most likely what you use for your deer hunting in the usa, 30-06,.270, .308 etc etc will be fine on plains game, and you know how it shoots. so just go and enjoy yourself
11-26-2012, 09:57 AM #28
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11-27-2012, 03:52 AM #29
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11-27-2012, 04:13 AM #30
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Good luck on your hunt, and I would take "the Old Girl"... Or buy a new 35Whelen..."That which does not kill us makes us stronger" Friedrich Nietzsche // That which does not kill me, better run like hell" Scott Smith
11-30-2012, 01:46 PM #31
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I have to go along with the 30-06. I took one of my Blaser R8's in 2011 with a match barrel in plain ol 30-06. I fell back in love with the round. 3 one shot kills---it was like a magic wand--point in its direction and it fell. I used 180 grain barnes x bullets.
Here is a bull wildebeest I tip over with it!
05-18-2013, 10:14 PM #32
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A 3006 , the most popular hunting caliber in SA , is good up to an Eland and a very heavy Kudu .
As lead core , unbonded bullet , on an Impala and Springbok , can cause excessive meat damage.
A 3006 loaded with a 220 gr premium bullet in the hand of an experienced hunter can drop a Buffalo with one shot .
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